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Federer, Nadal disagree with Djokovic on Troicki’s doping case

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Roger Federer (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Roger Federer stands by the rules when it comes to doping tests. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

LONDON — Novak Djokovic’s scathing comments on tennis’ anti-doping authorities have dominated conversation at the ATP World Tour Finals this week. The world No. 2 said he had lost all faith in the anti-doping system after the way fellow Serb Viktor Troicki’s punishment was handled for failing to provide a requested blood sample.

Djokovic called the ruling to reduce but not eliminate Troicki’s ban “a total injustice” because no one explained to Troicki the consequences of not giving the requested sample immediately. The doping control officer’s “negligence” and “unprofessionalism” has cost the 27-year-old Troicki a year of his career, according to Djokovic.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, however, both stand by the rules.

“Overall, I trust the [anti-doping] system,” Federer said after defeating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday. “I think they’re all very professional.

“I do believe that when you are requested for a sample, you have to give the sample,” Federer continued. “It doesn’t matter how bad you feel. I’m sorry. The test the next day is not a test anymore because what could have happened overnight, you know? I don’t believe anything.”

Nadal was sympathetic with Troicki’s plight but agreed with Federer.

“We have rules,” he said after his win over Stanislas Wawrinka on Wednesday. “We can like [the rules] or not, but we have rules. I am very sorry for Viktor because I believe 100 percent in him. Probably the doctor make the mistake. But he knows that he has to pass the doping [test].”

  • Published On Nov 07, 2013
  • 10 comments
    pat.davis148
    pat.davis148

    Sadly, this adds another nail in the coffin of Djoko's likability.  He's sticking up for a countryman when he should be sticking up for the game itself.  When the Blood Wallah comes calling, you cough up blood, not a litany of whines and excuses.  I've seen Djokovic smarting when he feels the crowd is not appreciating him and his play, it clearly stings, and yet this doesn't help build his popularity.

    ArdellYoung
    ArdellYoung

    Djokovic is supporting Troicki because both are Serbs. If this had been an American, Djokovic would have not voiced an opinion. It is a page from the early 1990s feud between the pro basketball players that played together, on Czechoslovakia national teams, that ended their friendships when the country split into Serbia, Croatia, and Czech Republic. The Serb players ended long existing friendships along ethnic lines.

    Federer is correct that giving Troicki more time defeats the purpose of random testing because numerous things can be done to produce a negative test result.


    arturohbelano
    arturohbelano

    Djokovic...the same athlete who would retire from matches because of lack of stamina...and now can play 5 hours and then do it all over again the next day, and win!!! All because....ready?....he was allergic to gluten. 

    Tennis is a joke. There is rampant doping.  Nadal is out for 7 months because his knees are really messed up with a chronic ligament problem, yet he comes back and wins everything, no indication of any knee problems whatsoever. ..we find out that the ATP can impose silent bans...mmmm, suspicious?

    Doping in tennis is rampant.

    dj13e29
    dj13e29

    But...but...but...he wasn't feeling well. Everyone knows you can't give blood unless you feel good. Duh!

    RD
    RD

    Djokovic and Troicki are both Serbs.  It's one standing up for his fellow countryman.  He's wrong.  I bet if someone else but a Serb had done this, Djokovic would be singing a different tune.

    silverpen00
    silverpen00

    Sorry, Novak. Troicki must have been living under a rock if he thinks he didn't have to give up a sample immediately. Not knowing the rules is usually not excuse for not being held accountable for following them.

    RafalPruszyn-ski
    RafalPruszyn-ski

    @ArdellYoung HUH? WHAT?! There was once a country that split into Czechoslovakia, Serbia and Croatia? What was this country called? Czechyugoslavia? It isn't ancient history, so your ignorance has no excuse.

    sgeorge437
    sgeorge437

    Nice knowledge body.

    Czechoslovakia broke up in to Serbia, Croatia and Czech Republic. False.

    So what countries broke up from Czechoslovakia? Is like asking you what river runs under HUDSON RIVER BRIDGE. 

    It's Czech Republic and Slovakia,  CZECHO-SLOVAKIA.

    And Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia broke from Yugoslavia.